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1  Re: Help Me Lose Weight Swap Round 2 Gallery (SO 8/14/2010) in The Swap Gallery by lemonianta on: August 01, 2010 03:29:36 AM
Hi all Sorry it has taken me so long to post - in the last week I've managed to get myself three job interviews, all with presentations to do (and all at over 1.5hours long!), sign myself up to write part of a module for a local university and a whole host of other things! It's all go here in LemoniantaLand!.

I received last week from the lovely Boycemachine and here's everything she sent me (all inspired by my Vivien of Holloway dress!)

A gorgeous polka dot apron. A first for boycemachine, but so good!

A one handed oven mitt, a covered book for writing all my points and things in and a gorgeous passport cover (because I'm going to Paris in September! WHEEE!!). My passport is already in there and waiting to go!

Delicious recipes (healthy, of course!)

And some extras! Gorgeous Paris themed socks and some inspiration gum - in my favourite flavour: cinnamon! (sorry the photos a bit blurry - damn phone!)

Thank you so much for being an awesome partner! I love everything :-)
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2  Re: Hands Across the Water US/Great Britain Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lemonianta on: April 11, 2010 10:58:41 AM
I got home to find TWO! parcels waiting for me:-)

Thanks SevsOnlyGirl!

So I quickly tore into them...

Everything all nicely wrapped up - I@m getting very excited at this stage!

And despite having nothing to do with the swap, my loving BF decides he needs to eat all the sweets and get involved!

Quilling kit:
I've never tried quilling before so this will be exciting!

Cap'n Crunch! This was on my list and is a limited edition. I have two bowls for breakfast the next morning. I love it so much!

KoolAid sachets - these were on my list too. I found another sachet lurking in something after I took this photo. I'm going to try dying with some of these I think (and some I'll drink, of course!)


 I was so excited by this! I had some of this when I was about 16 and I lost it and was so gutted. Now, SevsOnlyGirl didn't know this but she got me some anyway! I squealed with joy when I saw this. Thank you!!! She also sent me two lip blams which she' made herself and some bits and pieces from the college where she works. Wonderful!

SevsOnlyGirl also made me this beautiful crocheted shawl (and it matches the colour of my duffle coat perfectly!)

 and a gorgeous piece of embroidery based on  traditional Amish pattern.

 I spent a month in Pennsylvania as part of a cross community programme when i was 15. I loved it there and so this reminds me of that lovely time. I think I will either frame it or make it the focal point of a new quilt or wall hanging. It's absolutely beautiful - thank you!

The other crafted item is a lovely teacup pin cushion.

Isn't it gorgeous? And so useful!

I also received some lovely magazines

(there's a great trifle recipe in one of them), some items for making jewelry , a microfibre cloth and loads and loads of sweets and snacks

I'm totally addicted to the peanut butter pretzel sandwiches
 They are divine!

Also in the box was this lovely cruet set

and some handy items - I could've done with this tide-to-go on my holiday recently!

I tipped coffee all down my white tshirt on the first plane journey so had to spend the next 24 hours and 2 subsequent flights feeling slightly ashamed of myself and trying to cover it up. I am such a klutz!

And everything all together (without the Cap'n Crunch - I left that out by mistake!)

Thank you SevsOnlyGirls! I've been so lucky to have you as a partner and I absolutely love everything!
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3  Lyra's Christening Gown (pic heavy) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by lemonianta on: March 08, 2010 02:41:57 PM
I made this Christening gown for my friend's little girl Lyra. It's the first time I've ever made any clothing this small so it was a bit of a challenge. Lyra's due to be christened on Sunday! I just finished it yesterday then realised the hem sits funny on one side so it looks like it's longer than it is! Ah well! I cam up with the pattern myself and I quite like it! If I were doing it again though, I would definitely add sleeves (I'm not good with sleeves and I didn't want to risk it in such a short time frame!) The under layer and bodice are sating with a lace trim. The bodice is lined and the skirt has a layer of chiffon over the top. There are two box pleats in the front and three tiny box pleats at the back to give it some good volume. This has been so fiddly to do but I'm quite proud of it, even if it hangs weird (the side that looks longer actually drapes over Lyra's mother's arm  so it looks all cascadey and waterfall like)

As always, C&C welcomed! (BTW, it could do with a good ironing, but I just want it out of my sight for now!)

(Sorry, I can't seem to get this to display right!)

(The front bodice - could do with a good pressing)

(The back view -  you can really see how weird it hangs in this one)

(close up of the back - the neckline meets better when it's on!)

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4  Bunting for a Baby Shower in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by lemonianta on: January 16, 2010 03:41:19 AM

I'm throwing a baby shower (today actually!) for my good friend Mrs Z. They wanted to name their bump but didn't want it to be anything they had heard other people calling theirs so they named her Little Miss Z. For the baby shower I made her bunting with Little Miss Z on it so they can explain it to their little girl when she's older. I also didn't want to be making clothes etc since they got tonnes and tonnes of them from other people and I thought this was different.

Mrs Z is decorating the room with Red gingham so I bought some matching material, cut a cardboard template out and got sewing! The backing is just plain cream linking material from Ikea (1.99 a metre!) which I cut to match the front and made a big strip for the top which is longer at the side so it can be tied or pinned up. I cut letters out from felt and machine stitched them on in red for contrast. Anyway, have a look at the pictures and let me know what you think! (I have to pos them as URLs, sorry!)

Prior to sewing it all together

And all sewin up at the end:

She'll be getting it in half an hour - her's hoping she likes it!
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5  My first completed skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lemonianta on: January 16, 2010 02:56:32 AM
I always end up making dresses (they're just so easy to wear!) so this time I decided to try a skirt. I used some fabric from Ikea which is upholstery fabric, but has a nice stiff quality to it that lends itself to the pleats. The pattern came from the Twinkle by Wenlan book. I didn't line it mostly as I could be bothered and because I have enough slips and things to wear underneath it. Anyway here are a couple of pics, let me know what you think!

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